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Jeanelle B. Day, Chair, Professor
Jean A. Box, Professor
Patricia F. Wood, Professor
David C. Little, Associate Professor
Robin C. Duncan, Assistant Professor
Michele K. Haralson, Assistant Professor; Director of Curriculum Materials and Technology Center
Myrtis A. Johnson, Instructor, Clinical Coordinator
Graduate Programs and Requirements
Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) - Class A Certification
Elementary Education (M.S.E.)
Elementary Education, Fifth-Year Non-Traditional (EEFY) (M.S.E.)
Gifted Education (M.S.E.)
K-12 Collaborative Special Education (M.S.E.)
K-12 Collaborative Special Education, Fifth-Year Non-Traditional (FYSE) (M.S.E.)
Secondary Education, Fifth-Year Non-Traditional (Alt A, Class A Cert) (FYNT) (M.S.E.)
Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) - Non-Certification
Instructional Design & Technology (M.S.E.)
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) - Class AA Certification
Early Childhood Education (Ed.S.)
Elementary Education (Ed.S.)
Teacher Leader (Ed.S.)
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers graduate education programs in several areas (elementary education, gifted education, K-12 collaborative special education, and secondary education) and at two levels of certification (provided current certification requirements of the Alabama State Department of Education have been met): a master of science in education (M.S.E.) degree with Class A certification and an educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree with Class AA certification. (See the Graduate Advisement subsection for contact information.) The department also offers a master of science in education degree in instructional design and technology.
*See the School of the Arts Music Division section for details on graduate music education programs.
Graduate Admission Standards for Traditional and Fifth-Year Non-Traditional Programs
- Completion of application and payment of application fee.
- Receipt of one official transcript from all institutions attended.
- Satisfactory score on Graduate Record Exam (GRE) admissions test or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (not required for certification only and fifth-year non-traditional programs).
- Alabama Class B or Class A certification (except for fifth-year non-traditional programs) to be eligible for certification.
- Satisfactory performance on statement of purpose essay.
- Satisfactory performance on scholarly writing sample.
- One letter of reference.
- Disposition recommendation from supervisor if employed, if not a college professor.
The admissions committee will evaluate each candidate on a case-by-case basis and may admit students whose qualifications differ from those listed or who have successfully completed a prior graduate degree. Applicants must meet ALSDE minimum admission requirements to apply for certification upon completion of the program.
Additional requirements may apply to specific programs.
Levels of Admission
- Minimum GPA of 2.75 for all college work attempted.
- Minimum of 295 (combined verbal and quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or a minimum of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). (Not required for fifth-year non-traditional programs.)
- Satisfactory performance on scholarly writing essay.
- Completion of undergraduate prerequisites or passing score on the appropriate content area Praxis II test (fifth-year non-traditional program only).
In traditional graduate studies, a student may transfer up to six semester hours of graduate credit from an accredited four-year college or university which has a state-approved graduate program in the major and in teacher education for degree programs only.
Please note: Courses may not be transferred into the fifth-year non-traditional programs, nor can any course taken for undergraduate credit be used to count toward graduate credit. No more than two content area courses may be transferred into the fifth-year non-traditional program in secondary education (MSE-FYNT). Exceptions may be granted by the dean of the School of Education.
Graduate Tuition Scholarships
Tuition scholarships are available to all candidates who have been accepted for graduate study at the master of science or educational specialist level. These scholarships are available for courses in education throughout the year.
Retention and Completion
Students on the M.S.E. level must maintain a GPA of 3.25; students on the Ed.S. level must maintain a GPA of 3.50. All students must follow a prescribed course of study specified on their program checklist as approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. They must complete all work within six years. All graduate students in an approved program must take and pass a comprehensive examination for each certification area following completion of their coursework. All graduate students receiving initial certification must also pass the Alabama Education Certification Testing Program (AECTP), which includes the appropriate PRAXIS examination. At the end of any semester, a student whose cumulative GPA falls below the required minimum (3.25 for M.S.E. and 3.50 for Ed.S.) may not continue in the program. Any grade below a C- shall not be counted for credit and the course must be retaken.
Frequent meetings with the program director are required throughout the graduate program. Samford University complies with the requirements of the Alabama State Department of Education concerning the admission, retention, and completion of all requirements for students seeking Class A or Class AA certification.
Requests for information about or applications to the fifth-year non-traditional programs should be addressed to the program director.
Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)
The master of science in education (M.S.E.) degree is open to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education or elementary education from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of the degree requires 30 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree. Upon successful completion, the candidate is eligible for the master of science in education degree and Class A certification, provided current certification requirements of the Alabama State Department of Education have been met (with the exception of the instructional design and technology major, which does not earn Class A Certification).
Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)
Secondary Education, Fifth-Year Non-Traditional (Alternative A, Class A Certification) (FYNT)
The master of science in education in secondary education, fifth-year non-traditional program (Alternative A, Class Certification) (MSE-FYNT) is a teacher training program designed to prepare prospective teachers who already hold a degree from an accredited university/college the opportunity to earn Class A teacher certification, grades 6-12, in biology, English/language arts, general science, history, mathematics, physical education, social studies, and Spanish. The program offers an accelerated approach to certification through advanced courses in the teaching field (12) and a core of professional courses (24) in education. All courses are offered in the evening and some science courses are offered on Saturday. If employed full-time, students must be willing to use vacation or personal leave to fulfill 20-45 hours of clinical experience associated with each education course. The final semester requires a full-time commitment to student teaching.
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
The educational specialist (Ed.S.) program is open to candidates who hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of the degree requires 30 credits beyond a master’s degree. Upon successful completion, the candidate is eligible for the educational specialist degree and Class AA certification (provided current certification requirements of the Alabama State Department of Education have been met).
CoursesEducation (CURR Dept)
The courses listed below represent only a portion of the graduate-level education courses available. See the Department of Educational Leadership for additional courses that may apply to programs offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. NOTE: Courses numbered 600 and above are open to post-master’s degree students.
Education (FYNT Program)
- EDUC 500 - Teaching Math in Today’s Elementary Classroom (3)
- EDUC 501 - Assessment and Instruction for Elementary Reading/Literacy (3)
- EDUC 502 - Assessment Strategies to Impact Student Achievement (3)
- EDUC 503 - Principles and Application of Curriculum and Instruction (3)
- EDUC 504 - Teaching in the Diverse Classroom (3)
- EDUC 505 - Independent Study (1-3)
- EDUC 506 - Teaching Thinking Skills in the Elementary Classroom (3)
- EDUC 507 - Inquiry-Based Instruction in the Elementary Classroom (3)
- EDUC 508 - Concepts of Christian Education and Missions (3)
- EDUC 509 - Advanced Techniques for the Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems (3)
- EDUC 510 - Instructional Adaptation for Student Diversity (3)
- EDUC 511 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (3)
- EDUC 512 - Contemporary Legal Issues for the Classroom Teacher (2-3)
- EDUC 513 - Instructional Design for Optimal Student Learning (3)
- EDUC 514 - Social Dynamics and Student Learning (3)
- EDUC 515 - Standards-Driven Teacher Leadership (3)
- EDUC 516 - Instructional Design for Active Learning (3)
- EDUC 517 - Effective Curriculum Design (3)
- EDUC 518 - Action Research: Theory and Techniques (3)
- EDUC 519 - Field-Based Action Research (3)
- EDUC 524 - Curriculum Design for P-12 Instructional Leaders (3)
- EDUC 529 - Program Design for School Improvement (3)
- EDUC 531 - Child Growth and Learning within the Educational Culture (6)
- EDUC 532 - Early Childhood and Elementary Education Programs (6)
- EDUC 533 - The Arts: Curriculum and Instruction in the Early Childhood and Elementary Grades (8)
- EDUC 534 - The Sciences: Curriculum and Instruction in the Early Childhood and Elementary Grades (6)
- EDUC 535 - Current Issues in Education (4)
- EDUC 537 - The Development of the Child: Birth to Early Adolescence (3)
- EDUC 539 - Introduction to Education, Elementary Programs, & Curriculums (K-6) (3)
- EDUC 540 - Foundations of Literacy: Processes and Acquisitions of Reading Development (3)
- EDUC 541 - Reading Difficulties: Diagnosis and Intervention (3)
- EDUC 542 - Materials and Methods of Teaching Language Arts and Fine Arts (3)
- EDUC 543 - Literacy, Materials, and Methods of Mathematics (3
- EDUC 544 - Materials and Methods of Teaching Science, Social Studies, Health, and Physical Education (3)
- EDUC 545 - Clinical Field Applications and Technology (3)
- EDUC 546 - Planning, Assessment, and Professional Dispositions (3)
- EDUC 547 - Exceptional Learners and Diversity in the Elementary Classroom (3)
- EDUC 548 - Classroom Management, Issues, and Ethical Demands of Teaching (4)
- EDUC 549 - Seminar for the Internship (3)
- EDUC 574 - Differentiating Instruction and Teaching the Gifted in the Regular Classroom (3)
- EDUC 575 - Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner (3)
- EDUC 577 - Current Issues in Gifted Education Seminar (3)
- EDUC 578 - Curriculum Materials and Methods for the Gifted (3)
- EDUC 579 - Practicum in Gifted Education (3)
- EDUC 580 - Developing Creative and Critical Thinking Skills (3)
- EDUC 582 - Low Incidence Disabilities (K-12) (3)
- EDUC 585 - Assessment Procedures & Processes in Special Education (3)
- EDUC 586 - Managing Challenging Behavior in the Classroom: A Functional Behavioral Approach (3)
- EDUC 589 - High Incidence Disabilities (K-12) (3)
- EDUC 592 - K-6 Internship (6)
- EDUC 593 - Research-Based Methods of Instruction in the K-12 Special Education Classroom (3)
- EDUC 594 - Clinical Internship in K-12 Collaborative Special Education (6)
- EDUC 595 - Practicum in Collaborative Special Education (K-12) (3)
- EDUC 596 - Current and Emerging Instructional Technologies (3)
- EDUC 597 - Curriculum Integration of Technology (3)
- EDUC 607 - Early Childhood Exemplary Programs (3)
- EDUC 608 - Elementary Exemplary Programs (3)
- EDUC 624 - Learning Theories: The Pursuit of Knowledge (3)
- EDUC 626 - Social Problems of Children and Youth (3)
- EDUC 630 - Quality Improvement Practicum in Education (3)
- EDUC 640 - Trends and Issues in Teacher Leadership (3)
- EDUC 641 - Mentor Training and Professional Development in Teacher Leadership (3)
- EDUC 642 - Leadership for Differentiation in Schools (3)
- EDUC 670 - Advanced Curriculum Workshop (3)
- EDUC 671 - Program Planning and Evaluation in Gifted Education (3)
- EDUC 672 - Seminar in Gifted Education (3)
NOTE: A prerequisite for each of the following courses is admission into the master of science Alternative A fifth-year non-traditional program in secondary education (MSE-FYNT). These courses cannot be applied towards a different graduate education program.
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